Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Total Skull - May 2016

Things that brought me delight in May 2016.

The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany
(fairy tale-flavored fantasy; if you prefer The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, you should give The King of Elfland's Daughter a chance)

X's for Eyes, Laird Barron
(imagine Dean and Hank from the Venture Bros. drinking whiskey, banging hookers, and facing off against cosmic horrors)

A Different City, Tanith Lee
(three independent stories set in a fictionalized Marseilles: the first has a distinct Balzac & Zola feel, the second is a horrifying slice of familial Gothic fantastique, and the third is an interesting take on Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray)

The People Under the Stairs
(what a strange, but effective film! uncanny murder house-meets-Home Alone slapstick as horror becomes class/race commentary)

The Duke of Burgundy
(lush, quietly really can't talk about this one without spoiling the experience for anyone who hasn't seen it)

An American Werewolf in London
(I watched this as a teenager, and thus missed how psychosexual this movie is; "the beast within us all," yes, but also the anxieties of the sexually-inexperienced man vs. his more experienced counterpart and also the lustmord of the Nazi dream sequence)

Murder Maps
(look, historical murder stuff is my jam. it is known.)

(cheese, but my kind of cheese.)

Nemesis Divina, Satyricon
(classic black metal; absolutely necessary if you're interested in the genre)

Desire's Magic Theatre, Purson
(psychedelic and decadent)

Endless, Mount Salem
(if Black Sabbath had been fronted by a woman)